As you travel across campus this summer, you will notice a great deal of activity west of Aviat Hall. The construction currently underway is for the newest residence hall at DeSales. The $6 million project, which includes the residential building, parking lot and landscaping, is slated for completion by July 2005.
"It is an exciting time at DeSales," said Father Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, University president, at the official groundbreaking in June. "We're on our way to accommodating a student body of 1600. We have classrooms and a new dining hall. Now, this latest construction will provide additional residential space. It is all in keeping with the University's Master Plan."
The new three-story building and parking lot is being constructed on 3.4 acres. The 33,346-square-foot building, not yet named, will accommodate 146 beds, with 228 square feet per bed, making it the largest residential hall on campus.
Similar in style to Aviat Hall, the new residence hall will feature bigger rooms, fully wired and air-conditioned, and equipped with sprinklers and smoke detectors. The building will provide state-of-the art security and require card access, in addition to a security desk and emergency phones. It will offer a common space with a lounge and a flexible area equipped with a sliding glass door that can be used for small meetings. The building also will contain central laundry facilities.
"This is truly an amazing time to be part of the DeSales community. The building of the new residence hall and other construction is proof that little Allentown College has grown into a prestigious center of education," said Robert Eckels '05, computer science major from Bradford, Pa. "As a resident advisor and active member of the DeSales community, it is very nice to see so many students who want to stay on campus and enjoy the priceless experience of living in a college atmosphere."
"The need to build a new residence hall reflects the increased desire by students to remain on campus and be immersed in the unique community experience that DeSales has to offer," said Karen Salvemini '06, English major from Easton, Pa., and a resident advisor at DeSales. "It says a lot about the environment at DeSales and its appeal to students."
Press Release: Construction Underway for New Residence Hall at DeSales | Posted on: 7/16/2004
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu